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    Currently finishing 'In Defense of Sanity'. It is a collection of GK Chesterton's essays.

    Two things are evident from reading it. One, many of the same 'new' social issues that we are confronting today are matters about which he wrote about 80 and 100 years ago. The second, that Chesterton must have possessed an I.Q. far enough above the 'genius level' that he would be the envy of every Mensa member on the planet.
    I am convinced that God gave GK Chesterton an extra helping of divine perspectives. The way this man was able to see, analyze, and best of all summarize timeless truths and common sense are just mind-boggling.
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    I agree. The sheer scope of 'Prince of Paradox's' works alone is mind boggling. As you said, he had 'extra helpings' from on high.

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    "Looking for Rachel Wallace" by Robert B, Parker
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    Finished the lengthy Twelve Years After byAlexandre Dumas, with a break in the middle when i plucked a copy of The Oxbox Incident by Walter V.T. Clark off the shelf at the local used book store.



    I'm visiting classics that I never read or that I read long ago.

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    The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung by Carl Gustav Jung
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    *An American Musician's Story* by Olga Samaroff Stowkowski (1880-1948). Fascinating, warm account of a Texas gal (born in San Antonio and reared in Galveston) who travelled to Europe in the 1890's to study piano and became a world famous concert pianist, recording artist (on 78 rpm shellac records!) and later a pedagogue. In later years she taught at Julliard and was on the inaugural faculty at the Curtis Institute. Her prose is beautiful.
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    King James Bible...............cover to cover
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    The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Part of my dilatory efforts to stay abreast of pop culture...
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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    I am convinced that God gave GK Chesterton an extra helping of divine perspectives. The way this man was able to see, analyze, and best of all summarize timeless truths and common sense are just mind-boggling.
    For anyone who may wish to sample the wisdom of GKC, there is *A Year with G.K. Chesterton: 365 Days of Wisdom, Wit and Wonder* edited by Kevin Belmonte. I worked through it a few years ago, and it's time to renew my acquaintance.

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    Another good book of Chesterton's is the previously mentioned, 'In Defense of Sanity'.

    The American Chesterton Society's website has his biography, quotes, etc., and offers a number of his books as well as books about the man.

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    The House at Otowi Bridge, by Peggy Pond Church. The story of the late Edith Warner, who lived near the San Ildefonso pueblo, near Los Alamos, New Mexico. She befriended the Indians, and the scientists working on the Manhattan Project.

    Starting Michael Stanley's Shoot the Bastards. An investigative journalist learns a colleague has disappeared while researching rhino poaching. See the title page for a fountain pen "hook."
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    Just finished Job, the Story of a Simple Man, by Joseph Roth. Interesting portrayal of Jewish life in Russia and America, mostly before the First World War. I'd read Roth's The Radetzky March some time before, and liked it.
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    Only about half way through, but I'm reading Essays in Biography, by Joseph Epstein.
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    Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippmann
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    I am currently reading "Heroes" by Stephen Fry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    Only about half way through, but I'm reading Essays in Biography, by Joseph Epstein.
    In his collection, The Middle of My Tether, Epstein has an essay on his "fetish" for fountain pens.

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    Just finishing Call Sign Chaos, by Jim Mattis and Bing West.

    The inside story on the military conflicts America has faced since 1971.

    General Mattis included a copy of a letter General MacArthur wrote to Admiral Halsey and signed with fountain pen.
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    The Tourist, by Robert Dickinson, a time travel saga that I cannot recommend. I got the impression that the author lost interest in his own subject-matter about 3/4 of the way into his manuscript.

    I'm returning to 19th century novelists, and picked up a copy of Bleak House.

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    The Itinerary of Archbishop Baldwin Through Wales by Giraldus Cambrensis (1146 - 1223) Archbishop Baldwin toured through Wales recruiting men for the current fight for the Holy Land. It seems that every town had its own little list of miracles and magical goings-on. There are amazing crack-pate ideas about natural history -- probably lifted from the writings of Aristotle.
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    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A first for me. I've always been more of a technical reader. I liked it.

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